Human Services for Homeless
All human beings have the same desire for a happy and peaceful life. The unfortunate reality is that not everyone can satisfy this most basic of wishes. There are many who do not have the means to take care of themselves and afford a stable life where happiness and peace may be cultivated. Homelessness is among many major problems in our modern society, leading people of middle and low classes suffering the bottom line of poverty. People may become homeless for a variety of reasons whether by mental or physical disability, loss of employment, underprivileged background, or other circumstances. In this paper, I am analyzing the picture of our growing homeless population and attempting to answer should it be a key target we all need to work harder and find strategies to fight with it for many today’s human services groups.
Among many social problems we have been fighting, homeless is the most difficult one need further attention. Developed by Catholic Church, the modern model of human service effectively focuses on seeking community help/volunteers; provide free medical and emotional consultation, and fundraising to support homelessness. We all know “until the 1500s, the Catholic Church was chiefly responsible for providing human services. Religious figures such as St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis of Assisi are considered by some to be the first human service professionals.” (P.29 HMS). My question is how realistic human services approaches to solve the problem.
The trend of homeless has generally decreased between 2005 and the present. The rate in 2012 reduced 0.35 percent (from 633,782 compared to 636,017 people in 2011). For these two years, this overall rate is combined among all factors divided across high ranking categories in order: individuals (reduced 1.36 percent), sheltered (reduced 0.55percent), unsheltered (reduced 0.03 percent), people in families (increased 1.3 percent), chronic (reduced 6.7 percent), family...